2008 Summer Olympics
Finally, the tears came to Hugh McCutcheon: for his father-in-law, his grieving wife and for a journey from volleyball mediocrity, writes Gary Shelton.
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  • Games as good as we needed
    Once again, Americans find the Olympics captivating. Why? Because as a nation, we needed these Games, writes Gary Shelton.
  • Daughter is boxer's biggest prize
    U.S. boxer Deontay Wilder wins bronze, but his daughter is his biggest prize, Gary Shelton writes.
  • The time for Hope and glory
    Once again Hope Solo was alone. This time, the moment was golden, writes Gary Shelton.
  • In losing leg, swimmer finds her dream
    Warning: This is one of "those" stories of the Olympics that tugs at the heart and jerks at the tears, writes Gary Shelton.
  • Cherry fourth by 0.01 in 100 hurdles
    It can be a heart-breaking, gut-wrenching finish, fourth. And this fourth seemed more like a kick in the ribs than most of them.
  • U.S. softball going out with a bang
    There will be no softball in the 2012 Olympics, and it is an uphill battle for the sport to rejoin the Games soon after that. And still, the Americans thunder on.
  • Lessons beyond medals
    Alicia Sacramone learns again that Olympic lessons come beyond the medals, too, Gary Shelton writes.
  • Great eighth for Phelps
    Michael Phelps is aquaman, king of all that is wet, and by now, there are no pretenders to the throne, Gary Shelton writes.
  • Revel in story for the ages
    Dara Torres, 41, is less than a decade from her AARP card, and there have been a lot of laps around the pool. Today, she swims for an Olympic medal. Again.
  • Golden moment for Liukin
    With a brilliant balance beam and a solid floor exercise, Nastia Liukin edges teammate Shawn Johnson for the gold medal, writes Gary Shelton.
  • Super Dan embodies Super China
    The world is watching and China is showing there is something special here, writes Gary Shelton.
  • Hostilities have a new front line
    With Russia taking on Georgia, it's silly to think four women playing beach volleyball has anything to do with war, writes Gary Shelton.
  • Phelps has taken over Olympics
    Forevermore, these Games will be remembered as the Great Haul of China, Gary Shelton writes.
  • Dodging bullets, bombs
    Considering the territory she's covered, it's no wonder Dana Abdul-Razak is the fastest woman in Iraq, Gary Shelton writes.
  • A show of strength
    The U.S. men's volleyball team wouldn't let tragedy crush its spirit, writes Gary Shelton.
  • Not Ghengis Khan's Great Wall anymore
    Imagine the amazed look on Genghis' face today as the bicycles whizzed through the arch beneath his feet, writes Times columnist Gary Shelton.
  • Once a Lost Boy, now an Olympian
    Lopez Lomong, the most unlikely Olympian of all, lead the athletes of the U.S. in the opening ceremony of the Olympics, Gary Shelton writes.
  • Phelps leads Games' top storylines
    John Romano breaks down the athletes that matter most and the issues to watch.
  • Women's soccer navigates changing times
    Heading into the Beijing Games, about half the players who stood on the podium together in Greece are gone.
  • Barger, Railey sail into light air
    At this year's Summer Games, which start Friday, the waters off Qingdao, China, will be particularly challenging, even for veteran sailors.
  • More important than ever
    In the Olympics, it is not the times, not the points, not even the records that matter. What matters are the moments, those golden memories that linger long after the competition is over, Gary Shelton writes.
  • Phinney finds his own cadence
    Taylor Phinney is a teenager who got on his bicycle three years ago and rode all the way to the Olympics.
  • Olympic berth long time coming for Cherry
    Tampa's Damu Cherry overcomes a two-year steroids suspension to make the Olympic team in the 100 hurdles.
  • Q/A with Nicole Haislett-Bacher
    Dara Torres has no bigger backer than Nicole Haislett-Bacher and no stauncher defender against speculation that she heads to her record fifth Olympics next month with the help of steroids.
  • Sprinting to greatness
    Walter Dix, who helped lead the Seminoles to a third straight track championship last month, looks to medal at Beijing this summer.
  • Beyond Spitzing distance
    Already, at this moment, Michael Phelps is a better swimmer than Mark Spitz, Gary Shelton writes.
  • At 41, Torres asks us to have faith
    Dara Torres is 41 now, and she has been around the starting blocks long enough to understand the doubts.
  • Romano 46th in 200 freestyle
    Megan Romano, a 17-year-old swimmer from St. Petersburg, started fast in her heat in the women's 200-meter freestyle Tuesday morning at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials but faded as the race went on.
  • Forget the suit. I want 'wow'
    So many things are floating in the pool these days, talk of training and tapering, of technique and tradition, that it is easy to lose the point of the sport.
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